John S. Reid shoots vest-Vest said he was “just hanging around.”
By now everyone knows John S. Reid fired his Kel-Tec 380 in his legislative office this morning. A picture of a Kel-Tec 380 is above. This is big news for bloggers in Virginia. Norman had this first. NLS and Raising Kaine have followed with a host of others. Most are making jokes, calling for action, and slamming Ried. (Thus the Title of My post)
Accidental discharge is nothing to joke about. It happens to the new and experienced gun owners alike. It has never happened to me but I have seen it happen to a friend. Maybe they should have fingerprinted him before he got his permit. Reid called the police and the RTD did not say anything about charges against him. I am sure there will be more in the morning about this. But so far it seems Reid did the right thing in reporting the discharge. A quick Google about the gun will show many say it is safe while others say it is not. Loving hand guns myself, I can say I would not own a Kel-Tec 380. The same Google of accidental discharge will show a lot of results. Most concerning cops and military having the same thing happen to them. Many are not as lucky and ended up with someone injured or dead. I posted this link in the comments over at NLS that shows a DEA agent speaking to kids. He pulls the slide back on his Glock 40 and shows it is empty. He then releases the slide and proceeds to shoot himself in the leg. You can watch that here. Nothing funny about this. I will not take sides and condemn the man. I will ask this question that any cop should of asked. If the vest was hanging on the door and he was unloading the firearm, why was it not pointed at the floor? I will tell you why. He was sitting at his desk which most likely faces the door, unloading so the shells eject on his desk top. Not smart. Should they pull his permit? Indeed. Does this prove he is a bad man or lacking in character? I don't think so. I am glad no one was hurt.